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Tokyo unveils new branding for tourism

first_imgTokyo has unveiled a new tourism logo and slogan as the destination prepares for a sharp boost in international visitors arrivals.Revealed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the new slogan, ‘Tokyo Tokyo Old Meets New’ aims to reflect the range of attractions visitors can experience in the Japanese capital, from historic temples to modern landmarks. This is also reflected in the logo, which features ‘old and new’ fonts.The government said, “The brushstroke of Tokyo and Gothic block typeface of Tokyo represent the originality of the city, where traditions dating back to the Edo period (1603-1867) coexist alongside the cutting-edge culture of today.”Additionally, the logo also features a traditional red stamp, which depicts one of Tokyo’s newest sightseeing landmarks, the Shibuya zebra crossing.In the coming years, Tokyo is expecting to see a significant rise in visitor numbers as it prepares to host the 2020 Olympics.last_img read more

All businessclass carrier Silverjet has announced

first_imgAll business-class carrier Silverjet has announced a seat deal to help accommodate Eos passengers.The UK-based airline is to offer Eos customers the opportunity to book Silverjet flights from New York’s Newark Airport to London Luton for the same price paid for original tickets. Those passengers looking to take advantage of the Silverjet deal must book before 19:00 (EST) on May 7th.The offer follows Eos’s bankruptcy application on Sunday. The business class airline suspended all services this weekend, with customers unable to travel back to the UK from New York.Rising fuel costs and other pressures have brought several airlines into difficulties this year, with the industry responding through increased consolidation.Cathay Pacifc stepped in to provide flights after Oasis Hong Kong Airlines suspended services earlier this month.A merger has already been announced between the two largest US airlines, Delta and Northwest. With the rumoured merger between Continental and United now unlikely, a United and US Airways deal is said to be close to being finalised.On the European front, Air Berlin is seeking a deal with low-cost German carrier Condor in a bid to enlarge its long-distance flight business, which it runs since the acquisition of LTU.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedSilverjet launches first UK mobile airline websiteSilverjet has become the first carrier to offer UK passengers a full-service airline website available on a mobile.Silverjet spreads fares on SabreSilverjet has announced a new agreement that will see its airfares launched onto further global distribution systems.Virgin Charter ‘to simplify’ private airline searchA new vertical search engine has been launched by Virgin, offering the first end-to-end solution for private air travel.last_img read more

Rep Inman votes to make Michigan safer

first_img Categories: Inman News,News Bipartisan bill package in response to Nassar scandal approved by HouseState Rep. Larry Inman, of Traverse City, today issued the following statement after the state House approved a bipartisan plan to strengthen Michigan’s response to criminal sexual conduct:“This plan will make it virtually impossible for any kind of sexual predator to exist in Michigan. The Larry Nassar scandal and the #MeToo movement have brought the seriousness of this issue to the attention of the wider public. It is important to us as a state to respond to these issues quickly and appropriately, which these bills do, by addressing the crime of sexual assault wherever it may be. One in six women will face some type of sexual assault in their lives. My votes today will make everyone, both men and women, safer in their homes, as well as at our local college campuses, communities, schools and even doctor’s offices.“This plan goes after the awful monsters who commit sexual assault, gives victims many avenues to get help and makes our state stronger as a whole. That is why every single one of the bills we voted on today got my vote.”##### 25May Rep. Inman votes to make Michigan saferlast_img read more

Polands nc has selected settop box maker ADB to

first_imgPoland’s nc+ has selected set-top box maker ADB to provide its new platform, set-top box software and assocated software integration services to power nc+’s multi-screen strategy.nc+ was the first to go live with the ADB’s new WiFi-satellite set-top box, the ADB-4740SF, which it deployed earlier this month.The device features a customised, high definition user interface, built-in WiFi that enables wireless access to nc+ go TV and other OTT services, and a hard disk to record programs and watch time-shifted content.“Our focus is on providing the best possible entertainment experience to our customers. ADB, a long-term partner, has the combination of software integration expertise and leading edge technology that we need to deliver innovative and compelling services,” said Jarosław Kordalewski, executive vice-president for IT and technology at nc+.last_img read more

Greeces Antenna Group has restructured two roles

first_imgGreece’s Antenna Group has restructured two roles in its management team, which it said would help support its goals both in the Greek market and internationally.Tassos Michalakis, formerly Antenna’s general commercial manager, has been named as managing director of Antenna Greece. In this new role, Michalakis will be for the company’s leading free-to-air channel, ANT1 TV, as well as the wider Group’s growing digital portfolio which include the recently launched SVOD service, Ant1 Next, it’s OTT service Netwix and a number of other digital assets.The broadcaster has also promoted current Antenna Television Greece managing director Stratis Liarellis to executive director of group policy, a new role in which he will be responsible for driving the Group’s growth in Greece by identifying new business opportunities, diversifying the Group’s Greek operations and delivering local strategic direction as well as overall responsibility for the group’s public affairs remit in its home market.Antenna launched the Ant1 Next service in March, offering a range of exclusive scripted content for €2.99 a month, after earlier testing the market with a transactional VOD offering. OTT service Netwix provides a mix of short-form content spanning comedy, entertainment, lifestyle and gaming.last_img read more

Assess your geographical environment as it applies

first_imgAssess your geographical environment as it applies to your physical safety. Large metropolitan areas and economically marginal communities can quickly descend into upheaval should basic life support systems fail. Develop the skills to protect yourself, your family and your property. Recognize that social unrest can happen anywhere, including “here.” During social unrest, the government is not your friend. Their objective is to restore their order. Think Katrina. Diversify your life, including physical and financial assets, so you can safely sit out the mayhem. Start planning now. There may come a time when it is too late. Dear Readers,One of the more noxious platitudes foisted upon the public by our increasingly Orwellian government is “See Something, Say Something.” This saying, of course, differs in no material way from the sort of propaganda utilized in all the fascist states that have come before.While this notion of spying on fellow citizens hasn’t yet resulted in the active enlistment of a Stasi-like network of sharp-eyed matrons and meddlesome old coots embedded in apartment buildings and on each city block to dutifully report goings-on to the authorities “for national security,” can that be far behind?But that’s not what has gotten sand under my saddle this week. No, what has irked me to the point of distraction – not to mention triggering some angry mutterings as I stomp around the house – could be considered the exact opposite of that trite trope.What I’m referring to is the modus operandi of Americans today to see something but say nothing.More specifically, this week the US government made it clear that they effectively have decided to adopt a new and very dangerous interpretation of one of the core principles of the US Constitution, and apparently nobody cares.I am referring to a presentation earlier this week by United States Atty. Gen. Eric Holder at Northwestern University’s law school. Reading from prepared remarks – meaning his words were not a flub-up – Holder explained the rationale the government is now using when ordering the killings of American citizens. And I quote…Some have argued that the President is required to get permission from a federal court before taking action against a United States citizen who is a senior operational leader of al Qaeda or associated forces. This is simply not accurate. “Due process” and “judicial process” are not one and the same, particularly when it comes to national security. The Constitution guarantees due process, not judicial process.It is important when reading this sort of thing to separate the inconsequential historical anecdotes – the “here and now” elements of no lasting importance – from the language related to setting long-term precedence. To assist you in that regard, I will now repeat Holder’s statement, with the anecdotal elements redacted.Some have argued that the President is required to get permission from a federal court before taking action against a United States citizen who is a senior operational leader of al Qaeda or associated forces. This is simply not accurate. “Due process” and “judicial process” are not one and the same, particularly when it comes to national security. The Constitution guarantees due process, not judicial process.Simply put, what the administration is now claiming as standard operating policy is that it can formulate certain procedures on an ad-hoc basis and call it “due process.” Provided their functionaries follow that process, the government is free to do virtually anything, in this instance, kill citizens.Note also that Holder doesn’t make a distinction between targeting US citizens here versus abroad. This is a blanket statement.When I initially read Holder’s remarks, I was sure there would be a massive outpouring of popular indignation, outrage even. And I confess to hoping that maybe, just maybe, this would be the final straw to get the citizenry off their couches to put an end to this long step down the path of fascism.But there was barely a peep. No cries for Holder’s resignation, or for Obama’s impeachment, either of which would have been entirely appropriate in a nation where the citizenry hadn’t already been cowed.It was also telling that even though Holder’s declaration of the administration’s coup against the constitution was delivered at a law school, the audience didn’t rise to their feet in shock but rather waited politely for him to conclude his remarks before rewarding him the obligatory applause. Given that these were students of the law and so should know better, I can only conclude that even though they saw something – in this case the ungloved hand of fascism – they decided to say nothing.That could be, perhaps, because of another law recently passed by Congress with an overwhelming 388-3 majority. I refer, of course, to the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011, otherwise known as the Trespass Bill.John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute writes intelligently on the bill. Some snippets… emphasis mine.The Trespass Bill (the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011) creates a roving “bubble” zone or perimeter around select government officials and dignitaries (anyone protected by the Secret Service), as well as any building or grounds “restricted in conjunction with an event designated as a special event of national significance.”Current law makes it illegal to enter or remain in an area where certain government officials (more particularly, those with Secret Service protection) will be visiting temporarily if and only if the person knows it’s illegal to enter the restricted area but does so anyway. The bill expands current law to make it a crime to enter or remain in an area where an official is visiting even if the person does not know it’s illegal to be in that area and has no reason to suspect it’s illegal.In other words, you can be minding your own business some place when a member of the elite enters, and his or her mere presence sucks you into their federally protected “bubble” where a single false move, intentional or otherwise, can end up very badly.You can read the full article here.There is, as I always try to point out, much nuance in all of this. But stepping back to view the larger picture reveals what Holder’s remarks so clearly confirm – the nation has now crossed the line separating a constitutional democracy from a fascist state.On flying into JFK last weekend and watching a friend who is wonderful in all ways separated from her children in order to go through a pat-down by one of dozens of TSA personnel, most of whom were standing around in groups chatting collegially (maybe about their phat compensation), I felt compelled to turn to my own kids and say, “I hope that someday your generation will forgive our generation for leaving the world in this condition for you.”Of course, I am not alone in seeing the signs of fascism cropping up on an almost daily basis. But at this point the masses are literally too scared to say something, other than perhaps in quiet whispers behind closed doors.Even when the level of fascist control over society is as blatant as was in evidence earlier this week when a group of very average citizens gathered to peacefully protest a new law passed by the state of Virginia requiring women to submit to a government-mandated ultrasound before being allowed to have an abortion. Fellow Casey editor and Virginia resident Doug Hornig reports on the action…“What happened here is that there was a protest against the bill at the state capitol, which of course is off limits for such actions. A SWAT team moved in with full riot gear – there was a long line of them decked out with opaque visors, tasers, batons, rifles, dogs, etc. Deployed against about 500 middle-aged women and aging hippie guys. Now there’s a threat to the public order. This is one chilling video. If you want to cut to the chase, forward to about the eight-minute mark…”Note that the state police standing watch over this very pedestrian and entirely constitutional exercise of free speech were armed with machine guns, once again a clear indication of just how far the nation’s controlling classes – federal, state and local – have goose-stepped onto the path of fascism.Sadly, with Pandora’s box kicked wide open by 9/11, feeding into the natural tendencies of the praetorian class to exercise its might, there is no painless way to go back. Rather, you have to expect that things will only get worse, especially if there is another “event” that gives the authorities license to put into action all of the clampdown plans implemented since 9/11.Which brings me to an article by technology specialist and ex-military officer Pete Kofod, whose articles dissecting the nature of fascism and the growing praetorian class we have previously published.As an aside, over the last half a year or so, Pete took some time away from his busy schedule as the owner of a company specializing in cloud computing solutions to create a truly unique five-day training program to help individuals and executives harden their lives against modern threats. More on that course in a moment, but first Pete’s article.The Race Through the GateBy Pete KofodEnvision two horses racing toward a gate that is only wide enough to allow one to pass through. Now imagine that the horses are wearing blinders preventing them from seeing each other, virtually oblivious to their competitor in their quest to get to through the gate as quickly as possible.The suspense and uncertainty of such a race, were it held, would certainly qualify it as an exciting albeit rather twisted spectator event. Hopefully the competition will end innocently with a clear winner, but a more frightening possibility is that it ends with horses and riders horribly injured. As with so much of that which is attributed to fate, the absolute outcome of whether the race ends smoothly or in bloody chaos will depend on even the most trivial component – a divot in the ground, a bird flying across a horse’s path, a hesitation at the starting gun.Furthermore, the determining cause often ends up being well within what is referred to as “the margin of error,” which in more common vernacular means that the victory could have gone either way. In systems engineering, this is referred to as a race condition.More specifically, a race condition refers to a situation in which the output of a system is highly dependent on the timing and sequence of parallel inputs. If the inputs are independent of each other, a highly unstable environment often develops, yielding an extremely unpredictable result.An example of a race condition involves the tale of the young newlywed couple facing cash shortages at the end of the month. While awaiting the electronic deposit of her paycheck, the wife writes a check to pay for unexpected automotive repair. Unaware of this fact, the husband writes a check to pay for groceries, confident that there is enough money in the bank. Should their paychecks clear first, all is well and disaster is averted. On the other hand, if their paychecks do not get deposited in time, a series of bounced checks will result in inconvenience, embarrassment as well as a myriad of fees charged by the respective bank and vendors. The outcome of the race is not known until insufficient-funds notices start showing up in the couple’s mailbox.The Cultural Race ConditionWhile it may be a simplification of the circumstances faced, it can be said that the world is currently experiencing a “cultural race condition,” pitting the forces of liberalization against an increasingly desperate establishment. The upheaval being observed is no natural ebb and flow of power transitions. Rather, for reasons that will be further explored, the dramatic changes witnessed are occurring at a pace so rapid that existing social and political structures are unable to reach new positions of equilibrium.In Lane Number One – The EstablishmentBy definition, it is the objective of the establishment to preserve the status quo. Often presented from a position of benevolent paternalism, preserving the status quo is traditionally accomplished through the creation of boundaries that are invisible until they are touched. These “electronic dog fences” are marketed by the established state and corporate powers as being for the benefit of society. Regardless whether financial, physical, cultural or informational in nature, in an attempt to keep up with shifting societal tides, new controls are regularly introduced and implemented by the establishment, even though most of the populace may be oblivious to that reality.A key control technique is to establish boundaries beyond the interest or perception of the masses. This accomplishes two objectives. One is that the control measure will be perceived by the majority as arcane and largely irrelevant to their personal condition. After all, if a restriction is placed in the realm beyond the daily vicissitudes of life, why bother expending significant intellectual energy debating its validity?The second and more powerful consequence is that it facilitates the marshaling of the majority against “the fringe.” Consider the expression, “If you have done nothing wrong, you have nothing to hide.” This argument is invariably used by the individual who is not impacted by the boundary established.An example would be the issue facing American citizens regarding foreign financial holdings. Reporting requirements and sanctions imposed for noncompliance stipulated by the US Treasury against non-US banks has made it exceedingly difficult for US citizens and residents to open bank accounts outside the United States. As most Americans have not given thought to such matters, most will dismiss the topic as a matter of concern only to the financial elite. Many in fact support such restrictions, even though, for all intents and purposes, they represent de facto capital controls. The electronic dog fence in this instance is beyond the “roaming range” of the majority and therefore is not perceived as a boundary.And in Lane Number Two…Occasionally, the establishment will be caught off guard by significant and empowering changes sweeping society. These changes, typically caused by technological innovations, extend the masses’ awareness, interest and influence into realms previously considered under the uncontested control of the establishment. Naturally, this results in conflict as the establishment redoubles its efforts to maintain control.An instructive case is the debate surrounding the SOPA and PIPA legislation put forth by the US Congress at the end of 2011. The purported argument for the legislation was to protect intellectual property – primarily digital content distributed over the Internet. While reasonable people can debate the principles and logistics surrounding the issue of intellectual property, this legislation overstepped by trying to grant the State very broad privileges to shut down Internet sites even for allegations of intellectual property infringements. Without delving into the technical and legal details, it is important to note that the legislation received so much pushback that the entire affair was dropped. Well, not really, as it turns out – more on that momentarily.The case is interesting on several fronts, starting with how it demonstrates that an issue – in this instance, intellectual property – can rapidly morph from being a fairly esoteric discussion point into an almost explosive national issue. Simply, the establishment failed to recognize in advance that the roaming range of the masses had already increased, leaving the government feverishly behind and rushing out a clumsy attempt to install new electronic dog fences.As for my somewhat cryptic comment above, you may find it interesting that the US government unilaterally shut down dozens of web sites the day after SOPA and PIPA were abandoned by the US Congress. It appears that SOPA and PIPA represented an optional formality.Back to the point, on one side of the horse race, we have the establishment, which is working constantly to contain and control knowledge, thought and action. On the other, we have the unexpectedly empowered masses who are increasingly aware of, and resistant to, the government’s attempts to curtail their ability to think and act freely.The cultural race condition is afoot.Communication Constructs as Agents of ChangeAs mentioned, this cultural race condition, and the social instability manifested thereby, does not represent a traditional generational changing of the guard. Rather, the world is facing a communications-driven cultural shift on a scale not seen in five hundred years, a shift that has come about from the invention and adoption of game-changing technology.The last time the world experienced a similar shift was in the middle of the fifteenth century with the advent of Gutenberg’s moveable type print. Gutenberg’s invention is credited with being the catalyst of the Renaissance, the Age of Enlightenment, the Reformation as well as the Scientific Revolution and expansion of learning to the greater populace. The existing establishment of the period, largely centered on the Catholic Church, saw its authority erode in political, scientific as well as religious matters. These historical movements were accompanied by significant social upheaval and unrest.Today we are seeing a shift of similar significance. In the current instance, the catalytic technology is of course the Internet, enabled by the introduction of microprocessor-based computing. While most will agree that the Internet represents a revolutionary technology, to fully appreciate its transformative power, we need to consider it in the context of the three laws of the network.The Three Laws of the NetworkThe First Law of the Network is Sarnoff’s Law, named after David Sarnoff, the founder of NBC. Sarnoff’s Law states the power of the network is directly proportional to its number of participants. This law applies to a traditional broadcast environment, regardless of medium. The model is defined by a single producer of content serving an arbitrary base of information consumers. Under Sarnoff’s Law, information flows only in one direction, which fundamentally leaves no distinction between the Gutenberg print press, newspapers, radio and broadcast television. Logistical efficiencies and the speed that information can be distributed are certainly factors to be considered, but fundamentally they all represent a one-to-many relationship.The Second Law of the Network is Metcalfe’s Law, named after Bob Metcalfe, inventor of Ethernet and co-founder of the technology firm 3Com. Metcalfe’s Law states that the power of the network is directly proportional to the square of the number of participants. In this model, every participant in the network is both a consumer and producer of information. It is the many-to-many relationship that is its distinguishing characteristic. Email is an example of Metcalfe’s Law – a network with two email addresses represents a single connection. As additional email participants are added to the network, the power of the network grows geometrically.The Third Law of the Network is Reed’s Law, named after David Reed, an accomplished computer scientist with the Viral Communications Group in the MIT Media Lab. Reed’s Law states that when a network reaches a certain size, further growth achieves power far greater than that described by Metcalfe’s Law because the contributions of subgroups within the network become an increasingly significant component of the overall network. This can be summed up as a “many many-to-many” arrangement. Perhaps the most prominent example is Facebook. As of December 2011, Facebook had 845 million users. The power of Facebook, however, does not lie primarily with the user count, but rather with the innumerable groupings that are formed within the Facebook community.Twitter provides another prominent example of a network governed by Reed’s Law. During the infamous Mumbai attacks on November 26, 2008, a very clear picture of the events emerged within five minutes via Twitter. And Twitter continued to provide detailed, real-time updates of all phases of the event. Traditional broadcast and cable media were never able to get in front of the story.Reed’s Law allows for complex information to be formed, processed and distributed almost in real time, pushing the bottleneck of information to the very source, virtually eliminating the challenges of distribution as a road block. In addition, it allows for value to be added throughout the process.Goodbye Gutenberg, So Long SarnoffIt can be reasonably postulated that mass media began with Gutenberg’s invention in the middle of the fifteenth century. From the first copy produced by Gutenberg’s printing press to broadcast and cable television, information distribution and the power that lay therein was governed by Sarnoff’s Law. With the advent of interactive media, largely driven by the Internet, Sarnoff’s Law has given way to media being governed by Metcalfe’s Law and recently Reed’s Law. This in turn has resulted in an erosion of the establishment’s ability to maintain tight control over both medium and message. That erosion is central to the social unrest we are witnessing in the beginning of the 21st century.If history is any guide, in the end the establishment will lose in its attempt to retake control; however, no organism forgoes its position without a struggle. As traditional institutions are likely to become unstable, and in some instances collapse, it becomes increasingly critical that each of us prepare plans and build resources to better weather coming periods when social institutions experience acute disruptions.Making it Through the Bumpy RideIn looking back on the social and political consequences of Gutenberg’s revolutionary innovation, the positive impact on Western civilization can hardly be overstated. The invention marked the end of the Dark Ages, a ten-century period beginning with the fall of the Roman Empire during which virtually no progress was made and the human condition was generally dismal. That the invention proved to be a monumental step in the advancement of mankind was, however, of little consolation to the people caught up in the extreme violence and volatility of that period. Religious, scientific and cultural pioneers often faced personal and professional attacks and frequently paid for their leadership with their fortunes and lives. William Tyndale is remembered for translating the Bible into English. It was a “crime” for which he paid with his life.Today Egypt, Libya and Syria are but the most obvious examples of violent social unrest; unrest fueled by the paradigm shift of the Internet and Social Media. The yet unproven advances in the human condition many expect to see materialize in these places provide little relief to those who will lose their property, livelihood and lives during the transition. In the process of greater advances, it is easy to become collateral damage. Volatility impacts “bystanders” as much as active participants during social upheaval.“Keep Your Head Down and Your Powder Dry”While Oliver Cromwell’s famous admonition should always be considered sage advice, it is especially warranted during periods of widespread volatility. Today that advice should be considered in the context of ensuring personal safety, safeguarding financial resources and maintaining access to current information that either provides immediate actionable guidance or helps establish an emerging trend that can be used for predictive analysis.This is an iterative process, demanding regular if not continuous vigilance against existing and emerging threats. This requires committing to continuously seeking trustworthy sources of information. Fortunately, Reed’s Law, and technology based on it, allows for rapid cross-pollination of ideas. Focused sources of information can be rapidly processed and reassembled to help in making specific decisions, a concept that is called content “mash-up.”It is inadequate to exclusively rely on monolithic traditional information sources, such as those still operating under Sarnoff’s Law, many of which are unduly influenced by the establishment and so are no longer to be fully trusted.Final ThoughtsThe first of the three alleged Chinese curses proclaims “May you live in interesting times.” By every measure, it would seem that we do. The period just ahead will be defined by opportunity seized and opportunity lost. How you personally make out during the transition will largely be a function of your willingness to remain current with the societal transformations taking place. In other words, only by dedicating a portion of just about every day to assemble relevant and timely information will you be able to properly assess and manage your exposure to risk.The steps you should take to protect yourself include:Understand and participate in social media. It will initially serve as an early warning system to opportunities, threats and risks. In time, it may be the only warning system. Stay on top of it. While contributing is optional, participation is becoming mandatory. Recognize the increased significance of your digital life and take meaningful steps to protect it. Governments will increasingly seek to control and monitor your digital life. Develop and maintain the skills to protect your digital identity – it is inextricably linked to your physical and financial well-being. Don’t go it alone. There are a lot of complexities afoot in the world today, and trying to process all this information on your own is almost impossible. By teaming up with other individuals you know and trust, and sharing resources, you can enhance awareness and improve your capabilities in planning should the sorts of serious changes that we could see come to pass during this transitive period.These are but a few steps you can take that will serve you well and likely put you ahead of your peers. By keeping your head on swivel and regularly updating your fall-back plans, you can get on with enjoying your life, create value in your chosen field of endeavor and not worry about becoming the horse that doesn’t make it through the gate.Pete Kofod is the founder and president of Datasages (www.datasages.com), a technology services firm that offers cloud computing and strategic technology services to various private organizations. Before entering the technology sector, Pete served with the US Military, both in the United States and abroad, where he forged many close friendships that still thrive today.Pete is a property owner at La Estancia de Cafayate in Argentina and enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including tennis, skydiving and hiking. His most recent adventure is pursuing his private pilot’s license. Pete is married and homeschools his two children.Pete’s latest initiative involves creating Theia Global, an organization dedicated to helping individuals and business executives manage modern threats. Pete can be reached at contact@datasages.com.Pete’s CourseDavid again. I wanted to say a bit more about Pete’s course. Last year, while at one of the owners’ gatherings in Argentina, Pete shared with me his long study and interest in identifying proven methodologies to plan and prepare for the threats present in modern times.The basic concept revolves around creating a foundational plan to protect your assets, your data and privacy, even your personal security against the most obvious current threats, then continuing to create cascading contingency plans should something occur to render your initial plan insufficient.To put this into context, let’s say that as inflation protection you have invested a certain percentage of your portfolio in gold, but one day it becomes apparent that the government is preparing to confiscate gold “in the national interest.” Most gold owners wouldn’t have a specific back-up plan in place; Pete would.Or, to be more dramatic, most people have failed to even contemplate the potential consequences of another 9/11-level attack – or even widespread Arab Spring-type protests fueled by social media – let alone plan to avoid the consequences on your business or your life of a government backlash that could literally shut down transportation, the Internet and worse. In other words, if today’s softer, gentler form of fascism becomes dramatically less so, most people would be caught completely unprepared – very much not the case with anyone familiar with Pete’s methodologies.I was so impressed with Pete’s understanding of the process of actively preparing for the unknown and unknowable that I asked him if he would present his methodologies in a workshop at our upcoming Casey Research Recovery Reality Check Summit in Weston, Florida, April 27 and 29 (registrations are going fast).It’s also why I was so happy to learn that in the months following our discussion in Argentina, Pete put his interest into action by organizing a five-day, hands-on training course at the famous Virginia International Raceway.The focus of the Foundation training program is to provide you with a foundational course in how to effectively plan for and protect yourself and your family against modern threats. Specifically, over the period of June 11-15, Pete, assisted by a hand-picked team of instructors, will teach you everything you need to know to enhance your personal-protection skills, understand and deploy best practices in cyber-security and privacy, and diversify internationally.Reviewing the schedule, what this entails is a confidence-boosting mix of skill-building in everything from protecting your privacy and data from online threats (you’ll leave with the necessary software installed), to firearms (with instruction by former members of the highly trained Delta Force), to evasive driving (taught by instructors to the Diplomatic Security Service, the best in the world), to internationally diversifying your assets and your life (with specific steps and contacts for establishing overseas accounts, second residencies and passports). Pulling it altogether are interactive lessons designed to leave you with a solid understanding of how to plan for pretty much any contingency.In any event, I have reserved my spot, and there are only a total of 27 slots available, so if you are interested, you might want to do so yourself. Now, I have to warn you that at $7,900 per registration this course is not inexpensive, but compared to the value of what you are trying to protect, it’s almost inconsequential. And, as Pete explained it to me, the costs of putting on the program are extremely high, therefore the price tag… because the fee is all-inclusive, meaning it covers your hotel room, all meals, transport from the Raleigh-Durham airport, a high instructor-to-student ratio (with some of the best instructors in the world), all equipment and even evasion cars that invariably take a beating during the real-life training.In any event, I’m a big fan of Pete and think that he is completely right in his thinking that taking five days out of all the days in your life to get prepared, and to learn to build plans to ensure you always stay prepared, makes a lot of sense. Details on the course, which goes up in price on April 20, can be found here.Added Thoughts on the Race ConditionBefore moving on to other matters (sorry, I appear to be running a bit long today), I want to quickly follow up on the key point of Pete’s article. Namely the establishment’s well-documented fear that social media will be turned against it, just as it was in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and elsewhere.The power of social media was once again made clear by a recent campaign against a small-time warlord, Joseph Kony, mounted by the Invisible Children organization with the specific purpose of targeting him for arrest or summary execution, therefore setting “a precedent for international justice” (in their words).Even though the video you can watch was only uploaded about a week ago, it has already received almost 53,000,000 views – accomplishing the goal of making Kony enemy #1, with his face splashed across all the world’s media outlets. Want to bet that we will soon learn that Congress is calling for special hearings to decide what to do about the guy? Or that political candidates will soon be calling for drone strikes?All well and good, but don’t kid yourself – the power elite is watching these developments with much the same frame of mind as a tourist on a walking safari watches a pride of lions from what they hope is a safe distance.Think about it. That 53,000,000 people could be moved to not only watch the Kony videos, but that a vocal subset of that number then organized in the equivalent of flash mobs in schools and communities to lend their active support to his downfall… around the globe and all in the space of about a week, has got to be eye-opening to the powers-that-be.In one real sense, social media provide global access to the equivalent of a societal nuclear bomb. All that’s required to set one off are the modest skills necessary to deploying it.So, how long do you think it will be before a major Western government – maybe even the US, or specific US politicians – become the target?Want to see a really cool straw in the wind? Check out these videos put together by the folks at MTV. They are a stunning condemnation, and an effective warning, against the encroaching police state in the US. Those videos show there might yet be some hope for the next generation. So far, they have only pulled 480,000 views on YouTube, but who knows – maybe they’ll catch on. (And, yes, please pass this along so others can watch them, too.)But if you are a member of the praetorian class whose job is to protect the status quo, the powerful potential of social media to effect political change – quickly and even violently, if you take what’s going on in the Middle East as an example – has to be very concerning.So, I think that Pete’s got it completely right – that the race is on, and that it has the very real potential to get quite ugly before whatever comes next makes it across the finish line.While vigilance is required to not get caught on the wrong side of things, there’s also a big upside in all of this. That’s because it’s just a matter of time now – certainly within the lives of most of us, judging by the speed of adoption of the relevant technology – that we are going to see a new paradigm in government, one that tosses over the equivalent of government operating on the outdated model of Sarnoff’s Law, to one based on something closer to Reed’s Law.Which brings me to a great quote that Doug Casey used in closing out the just-released edition of The Casey Report…When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion.When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing.When you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors.When you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you.When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – you may know that your society is doomed.–Ayn Rand, 1958Society as we know it is doomed, and as Holder’s speech so chillingly revealed, it is degrading quickly. That raises the possibility that the new media are going to turn their guns on the status quo in the near future.While I was fairly derisive in my critique of Occupy Wall Street, and I stand by my observations, I suspect that given the widely distributed nature of the media, what’s next will almost certainly be a derivation of the mindset of the people behind that movement. Which is to say highly socialistic in nature, with all the attendant consequences for the economy in general and for those of us who value individualism most highly.In that we really can’t foresee how things are going to unfold from here, you might as well go  happily about your life – just don’t forget to make like the ant in the Aesop’s famous fable and prepare for the transition that’s now under way.(Ed. Note: As just referenced, the March edition of The Casey Report – our big-trend analysis with specific investment recommendations to play those trends – was published last night. You can read it today, and for the next ninety days, without any risk or obligation.)Moving right along, I want to share some observations on inflation from a UK-based correspondent who has granted me permission to repost the following on the condition that he remains anonymous.Inflation in the UKBy Anonymous (no, not that Anonymous)Some observations, and some more comprehensive answers to your questions.I’m guessing that by now you’ve realised that I live in something of a bubble.But it can also be helpful, because I notice things that might otherwise be perceived as incremental changes by other people. I also don’t cook, so I rarely go to supermarkets. In fact, I’m not allowed in the kitchen, except to make tea and go to the fridge.But during my recent sojourn in London, I was forced to fend for myself, and so the anecdotal evidence of rampant inflation in the UK piled up.To clarify:IMHO: We have a published rate of inflation (3.6%) that bears about the same relationship to reality as the published rates of inflation in Argentina. Part of the problem is that the pound sterling has been devalued by about 30%, and we are so dependent on imports.UK Inflation Rate Falls to 3.6% in JanuaryThe fish I paid £8.99 a kilo for a year ago is now selling for £14.00-£18.00 a kilo (the same fish, in a supermarket, not a posh fishmongers).Four years ago, I bought a white mohair throw from The White Company. It was very nice and cost about £60. Recently, I saw another one, a silk blend, in the same shop. As I am fond of soft, fuzzy, comforting things and it was about twice the size, I thought I’d have that as well. It was £250. Now, I don’t know of any mohair shortages, and last I checked the silkworms were working for less money, not more. By all accounts, it should have been… um… £120? Call it £150. But not £250. Both imports, by the way.Onwards to public transport, the only real way of getting around London with any efficiency. The last time I rightfully recall buying a Transport for London Travelcard, it cost £5.50. Last month, it was £8.40.BBC: London Tube and Bus Day Travelcards Rise By up to 74%I don’t make any of this 3.6% (the published rate of inflation). Not even compounded.In fact, when I go out, I’ve been looking for things that have increased by only 4%. Can’t find any. Not our energy bills. Food is an easy 30%. Transport and petrol, well, see above and below.No deflation.David again.The disconnect between government’s inflation statistics and reality is, of course, not just a UK or Argentine phenomenon – but pretty much universal. According to ShadowStats, the real rate of inflation in the US at over 6% is better than twice the official rate. But that’s no surprise to anyone – not when even a modest dinner out for two costs $75 to $100.This disconnect tells me two distinct things:Governments are unafraid of deliberately trying to deceive the public.But they are very much afraid of getting real about inflation, as that risks shacking politician-friendly loose monetary policy. As they should be, because once interest rates start rising – as they absolutely will when higher rates of inflation are widely recognized – the economic and political backlash will be devastating.Of course, the game can only last for so long. Precious metals are just one of a number of tools you can use as part of your portfolio preparations – but even if you only use that, you will be well ahead of the crowd. Which, for the most part, still doesn’t understand the role gold and silver play in preserving capital over a long period of time.Friday FunniesBossyArcelorMittal Steel, feeling it was time for a shakeup, hired a new CEO. The new boss was determined to rid the company of all slackers.On a tour of the facilities, the CEO noticed a guy leaning against a wall. The room was full of workers, and he wanted to let them know that he meant business. He asked the guy, “How much money do you make a week?”A little surprised, the young man looked at him and said, “I make $400 a week. Why?”The CEO said, “Wait right here.” He walked back to his office, came back in two minutes, and handed the guy $1,600 in cash and said, “Here’s four weeks’ pay. Now GET OUT and don’t come back.”Feeling pretty good about himself, the CEO looked around the room and asked, “Does anyone want to tell me what that goofball did here?”From across the room a voice said, “Pizza delivery guy from Domino’s.”Stupid Humor – The Family Tree of Vincent Van GoghHis dizzy aunt ———————————————– Verti GoghThe brother who ate prunes——————————- Gotta GoghBrother who worked at a convenience store —— Stop N GoghThe grandfather from Yugoslavia —————————– U GoghHis magician uncle ——————————– Where-diddy GoghHis Mexican cousin —————————————- A Mee GoghThe Mexican cousin’s American half-brother ———— Gring GoghThe nephew who drove a stage coach ————— Wells-far GoghThe constipated uncle ————————————- Can’t GoghThe ballroom-dancing aunt ——————————– Tang GoghThe bird lover uncle ————————————– Flamin GoghAn aunt who taught positive thinking —————— Way-to-GoghThe little bouncy nephew ———————————– Poe GoghA sister who loved disco ————————————– Go GoghNiece who travels the country in an RV — Winnie Bay GoghFive Rules to Remember in LifeThis has been attributed to John Wayne, but that might just be Internet fiction. Even so, the sentiments are pretty good.1. Money cannot buy happiness but it’s more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than on a bicycle.2. Forgive your enemy, but remember the bastard’s name.3. Help someone when they are in trouble, and they will remember you when they’re in trouble again.4. Many people are alive only because it’s illegal to shoot them.5. Alcohol does not solve any problems, but then again, neither does milk.What Causes Arthritis? A drunk, who smelled of liquor, sat down on a subway next to a priest. The man’s tie was stained, his face was plastered with red lipstick, and a half-empty bottle of gin was sticking out of his coat pocket.He opened his newspaper and began reading. After a few minutes, the man turned to the priest and asked,“Say, Father, do you know what causes arthritis?”The priest replied, “My son, it’s caused by loose living, being with cheap, wicked women, too much alcohol, contempt for your fellow man and lack of a bath.”The drunk muttered in response, “Well, I’ll be damned,” then returned to his paper.The priest, thinking about what he had said, nudged the man and apologized. “I’m very sorry. I didn’t mean to come on so strong. How long have you had arthritis?”The drunk answered, “I don’t have it, Father. I was just reading here that the Pope does.”MORAL: Make sure you understand the question before offering the answer.And Finally…Comments on Karzai and International Women’s DayThe same UK correspondent quoted above sent me the following one-line note and a link yesterday, which I also thought worth sharing.Today, of all days… happy ‘International Women’s Day’…David again.So, here we have the US and its coalition engaged in a war in Afghanistan costing untold hundreds of billions of dollars and who knows how many lives… all in support of a primitive society that actively suppresses roughly half of its population.To put this situation in proper perspective, imagine, if you will, what sort of reaction the US and other developed countries would have to the news that some country’s government had decided to take away the rights of a large swath of the population – maybe anyone with dark skin – refusing them the vote and allowing the other half to effectively enslave them, to beat them, even rape them with impunity? And to add to their humiliation, what if they also forced the oppressed to wear ridiculous outfits – small tents, actually – to hide their visages from the rest of the public?Do you think there’d be a little outrage?While I don’t like any of the big religions, Islam strikes me as particularly messed up. At the risk of someone declaring a fatwa on my ass, am I the only one that finds it positively stupefying that tens of millions of people still follow a cult that is firmly rooted in primitive superstitions?To my point of view, following the dictates of Islam and all of these primitive cults is no different than dancing around fires, shaking dried bones in gourds to ward off evil spirits. Or worse, tossing girls into volcanoes to appease angry gods, except in the case of Islam the sacrifice for the women lasts a lifetime.And before the rest of you get all high and mighty, consider your own religions. For instance, maybe those Catholics among us can explain why women aren’t allowed to be priests?Face it, pretty much all the world’s religions treat women like second-class citizens, though thankfully, most aren’t quite so violent in their suppressions as the Muslims.Personally, I’d love to see all these cults close up shop – but that’s not going to happen in our lifetimes. That they have already lasted over 2,000 years clearly demonstrates how difficult it is for cultural roots to be stamped out.Instead, while world leaders talk about social fairness and send supportive messages for initiatives such as International Women’s Day and all that, when it comes to actual policy, they’ll continue to turn a blind eye to religious abuses.As an aside, I’m betting that if I wrote that last bit while sitting in the UK, where the political correctness related to speaking about religious customs is running rampant, I’d run a very real risk of getting arrested… that is if the Muslim’s didn’t get to me first.For anyone whom I may have offended, please don’t waste your time or mine by sending me your angry letters or threats – just look to the bottom of this page where the unsubscribe button is located.Interview with Bud ConradEarlier I mentioned that the latest edition of The Casey Report was just released. In that edition, Casey Research Chief Economist Bud Conrad tackles the matter of Greece in his article, Greece Is a Goner, Now What? While you’ll need to take us up on our no-risk trial subscription to read Bud’s comprehensive analysis of the situation, and how to invest to take advantage, earlier this week he covered some of his big-picture views on the euro situation, taxes, the Fed and gold in an excellent interview with Jim Puplava of the Financial Sense Newshour.And with that, I will bid you all farewell for the week, thanking you as I do for spending some time with us this week, and for being a Casey Research subscriber.Until next time!David GallandManaging DirectorCasey Researchlast_img read more

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first_img Recommended Links More Hot Air We think both Duncan and Krugman are wrong. An economic boom, based on nothing but hot air (phony credit, with no real resources behind it), is fraudulent. It will never take us to real growth. Just the contrary. The best thing to do is to pop the bubble… and then pick up the pieces. Besides, it will pop whether we want it to or not. Heck, we believe in magic as much as the next guy. But the magic act is wearing a little thin. The smoke is dispersing. The rabbits have disappeared. All the glam and sparkle, the shock and awe, the claptrap and hokum – they’re all giving way to economic reality. We are beginning to see more clearly: the Fed’s theory is nothing but hot air. Now, its funny money is doing something even funnier than it imagined: the exact opposite of what the central planners intended. In yesterday’s Market Insight, Chris Lowe showed how the “velocity of money” is plummeting. This is serious. The velocity of money tracks how often each dollar is used to buy something in the economy. Falling velocity shows that consumers and businesses are pulling back… becoming more reluctant to spend and invest… downsizing… and holding onto dollars rather than spending them. This has a similar effect as reducing the supply of money bidding for goods and services. Prices drop. Deflation, in other words. The bubble has developed a leak. The hot air is gushing out. Look out below… Regards, Fastest Profits You May Ever Make I thought I’d seen everything in the world of investing—but I hadn’t come close. A colleague has just launched a new system that helps him pinpoint double and triple-digit gain opportunities in 4 days on average. Using the world’s most conservative investment! If you need cash now, you could get it in the next 4 days. Go here for details. – The Secret to Profiting from Currencies like Doug Casey [ends soon] Doug calls it the biggest currency trend of his 40-year career. And for one week only, he’s showing investors how to make gains of 500% as it unfolds over the coming years. All you need is an ordinary brokerage account…and the willingness to invest 1–2% of your capital for life-changing gains. See more here.center_img — Editor’s Note: The U.S. is close to recession territory. In today’s Weekend Edition, Agora founder Bill Bonner explains that the Fed created an economic bubble with phony credit…and the bubble is about to burst. Bill originally wrote this essay on April 20, 2016, in Bill Bonner’s Diary. By Bill Bonner, editor, The Bill Bonner Letter Stocks are going up all over the world. Meanwhile, it appears to us that the U.S. economy is going down. Go figure. For instance, a labor-market index created by Fed economists… and closely watched by Fed chief Janet Yellen… has fallen for three straight months. It’s the first time that’s happened since 2009. And the Atlanta Fed adds that GDP growth in the first quarter of 2016 was only 0.3%. That’s not quite recession territory (commonly defined as two back-to-back quarters of negative growth)… but it’s not far off. “Prepping” for Recession If the recession doesn’t appear this year, it won’t be the first time we’ve been wrong… or early. But despite claims that the feds have mastered the business cycle, a recession is bound to come someday. And when it does, we’ll be ready… at least, here at the ranch. We still have 700 head of cattle – tough, but edible. We have a couple hundred bottles of Malbec wine stocked in the depósito (store room). We have corn and tomatoes in the garden. What else do we need? We don’t know. But we’d rather not find out. And neither does anyone else. But bad stuff still happens. And it is unlikely that recessions have been completely banished. Then again, recessions are not bad things – not in our book. They are nature’s way of clearing out mistakes. Recessions are when the destruction part of economist Joseph Schumpeter’s “creative destruction” comes into play. The “creative” part follows. But you can’t have one without the other. Marginal businesses… bad investments… weak competitors – they all need to get out of the way so better uses can be found for the capital at work. Why? Believe it or not, capital is limited. If you use it for bad projects, you get poorer, not richer. Which projects are good? Which are bad? Typically, a rise in real interest rates (increasing the cost of funding) is the way to find out. Higher rates “put the hurtin’” on company finances. The weak give way. Recessions are not necessarily pleasant. But they are as necessary as growing pains and family budget discussions. Debt Bubble But we are in a minority. Most economists fear recessions; they want to avoid them in the worst possible way. What’s the worst way to avoid a recession? Just throw some more money at it! Most serious economists realize that we have a problem on our hands. Debt goes up and up… much faster than the economy that has to pay it. It is a “debt bubble,” floating around in a knife store. In the last eight years, for example, the U.S. federal government added $9 trillion to the public debt – more than it had amassed in the previous 246 years. And total debt increased in the U.S. last year by $1.9 trillion… while GDP only went up $599 billion. For the corporate sector, it was worse. Companies took on $793 billion of extra borrowings against just $161 billion of extra output – five times as much debt as growth. Some analysts, such as our friend Richard Duncan at Macro Watch, believe we have no choice but to keep inflating the credit bubble. He likens our situation to a man who has gone up in a hot air balloon. Suddenly, he realizes that the hot air is not taking him where he wants to go. But what can he do? If he releases the hot air, the balloon will fall and he will die. To survive, he has to keep putting in more hot air. Other economists, such as Paul Krugman, believe in hot air, too. “Demand,” they call it. They cling to the balloon, hoping that more credit will increase growth and can make the debt more bearable. Bill Editor’s Note: Bill believes the Fed’s credit-financed phony boom has begun to crumble. He says the coming financial collapse will be worse than the market crashes in 1987, 2000, and 2008. But this time, he says, it will affect everything from your portfolio…to your bank account…to the cash in your wallet. Get the details here.last_img read more

16M for the Precision Medical Initiative a progr

first_img$16M for the Precision Medical Initiative, a program started by President Obama for healthcare innovation. $50M in federal funds for small-satellite technology that allows for widespread, high-speed internet access and continually updated imagery of Earth.Some other projects announced included the administration’s upcoming release of a report on preparing for the future of artificial intelligence and development of technology that will allow a human mission to Mars by the 2030s.Additionally, an Executive Order was announced to coordinate efforts to prepare the country for space weather events such as solar storms.The Frontiers Conference was co-hosted by the White House, the University of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon University. It brought together over 700 thought leaders in business, technology, philanthropy, and innovation to meet on five subjects (or “frontiers”):Personal: Innovations in healthcare and medicine.Local: Building smart communities, and investing in open data and the Internet of Things.National: Harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, automation, robotics and other advanced technology.Global: Accelerating clean energy and developing innovation to company climate change.Interplanetary: Further focus on space exploration including missions to Mars. It’s no secret that President Obama is a blerd–a big-time sci-fi buff and a huge proponent of advancing STEM. He just served as guest editor of popular geek ‘zine Wired‘s November issue.President Obama launched a number of STEM-related initiatives and at his most recent event, the White House Frontiers Conference, revealed specifics on how the United States will push technology and innovation.At the conference, held in Pittsburgh last week, the Obama administration announced that $300 million would go toward science, technology, and innovation. The investment is “to develop the industries of the future and harness science and technology to help address important challenges,” according to a press release issued by The White House.Here are some ways the $300M will get applied:$70M to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for brain research to make breakthroughs in diseases including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s; traumatic brain injury; and depression. $165M in both public and private funds to support cities’ use of data and technology for solutions to issues such as traffic congestion.center_img be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/300-humans-mars-robots-fighting-solar-storms/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/300-humans-mars-robots-fighting-solar-storms/ What’s New in TechnologyLatest News for EntrepreneursOur Best Videoslast_img read more

Hermit Rents Your Home as Office Space While Youre at Work

first_imgStartups 2 min read Would you want a group of strangers working in your home? Senior Editor Next Article –shares Hermit Rents Your Home as Office Space While You’re at Work February 15, 2017 2019 Entrepreneur 360 Listcenter_img This story originally appeared on PCMag Add to Queue Apply Now » The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Matthew Humphries Image credit: Hermit Offices Even though remote working is on the increase, it’s still fairly typical for a home to be left empty during the day while kids are at school and parents are at work. But where most people see an empty home, others see a business opportunity, and that’s where Hermit Offices comes in. They want to rent out your home during the day to act as an office.Having a group of complete strangers in your home unsupervised may sound like your worst nightmare, but it’s exactly what Hermit Offices is offering to do. In return, you’ll earn an extra income from a space that’s otherwise unused. The company takes care of everything related to renting, including insurance, security and property management. All home owners need to provide is a single room for the business, fast broadband, lighting and access to amenities. According to Tech City News, for small businesses, the draw will be cost savings. Hermit claims rent can be as much as half that of commercial office space, and because it’s a home there’s guaranteed to be access to working facilities including a kitchen and bathroom. Access to a home office is typically between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., although that will vary depending on who lives in each property.Hermit is already up and running offering a range of home office rental opportunities in London for up to 10 people. If it proves successful it’s sure to expand to other major cities where rent is always high.Whether this seems appealing or not depends on how comfortable you are having a group of strangers not only in your home, but using your facilities. That involves a lot of trust even if Hermit is offering insurance and security checks. With that in mind, it seems more likely this will appeal to people who own unoccupied property and want to make some cash while they try and fully rent or sell it.last_img read more

Knock Knock Google Duo Video Call Is Here

first_imgGoogle Reuters –shares Now, all you need is a phone number to start a video call with any contact who uses an Android- or iOS-based smartphone.Google on Tuesday launched Google Duo, pitting it directly against Apple Inc.’s FaceTime, which allows video calls only between Apple devices.Duo will also compete with Microsoft Corp.’s video-calling app Skype, Facebook Inc.’s Messenger and even its own Hangout app.Duo comes with a unique feature called “knock knock”, which lets a person to see live video of a caller before answering. Google said video calls would work even on slower networks by “gracefully” reducing the resolution to keep the call going smoothly.”For video calls on the go, Duo will switch between Wi-Fi and cellular data automatically without dropping your call,” Justin Uberti, principal software engineer, wrote in a blog post.Google, owned by Alphabet Inc., said the app would be live worldwide in the next few days.(Reporting by Supantha Mukherjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D’Souza) Next Article This story originally appeared on Reuters 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Knock, Knock! Google Duo Video Call Is Here. August 16, 2016 1 min read Erik Kay, engineering director at Google, introduces Allo and Duo on stage during the Google I/O 2016 developers conference. Add to Queue Image credit: Reuters | Stephen Lam The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apply Now »last_img read more

Researchers observe correlation between abnormal proteins and aggressive behavior in dementia

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 12 2019Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have together with American colleagues studied deceased patients who were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or frontotemporal dementia. They observed a correlation between certain proteins and dementia sufferers’ tendency to commit criminal acts.”This study is unique in that we studied deceased patients, something that means we are 100 per cent sure of the dementia diagnosis, which is not always established while the patients are alive. In addition, we observed that the likelihood of committing criminal acts was nine times higher among patients with frontotemporal dementia who had accumulations in the brain of certain abnormal proteins, above all TDP-43, compared with those who had accumulations of tau protein. The TDP-43 proteins seem therefore to be particularly associated with developing criminal behavior among people with frontotemporal dementia”, says Madeleine Liljegren, researcher at Lund University and resident physician at Psychiatry Northwest in Stockholm.Related StoriesMetformin use linked to lower risk of dementia in African Americans with type 2 diabetesAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaInterdisciplinary workgroup outlines what is known and unknown about paradoxical lucidityWhen a person who previously has been perceived by those around them as well-behaved starts committing criminal acts such as theft, shoplifting, sexual harassment or other aggressive behavior, there may be a dementia disease behind these unexpected actions. This has been shown in previous studies including some from Lund University (see Liljegren M et al, JAMA Neurology 2015, among others).Researchers in the Neuropathology team in Lund studied 220 deceased patients with Alzheimer’s disease or frontotemporal dementia (FTD), who had been monitored at the Memory Clinic in Lund between 1967 and 2017. Of these, 30 per cent had committed a criminal offense – 15 per cent of the total number of patients who had Alzheimer’s and 42 per cent among those who had FTD. The latter group committed repeated criminal offenses to a greater extent than the Alzheimer’s group.When examining behavior such as excessively loud laughing or unexpected shouting, the FTD group is also overrepresented (75 per cent), compared with the Alzheimer’s group (56 per cent).”It confirms what we have seen in previous studies. With these patients, the damage is in the frontal part of the brain, where our personality, including impulse control and empathy, resides”, says Madeleine Liljegren, emphasizing that dementia diseases do not exclusively affect the elderly.”Frontotemporal dementia can also occur in younger people and it can often take a long while before there is a correct diagnosis. That is why it’s important that relatives, healthcare services, the police and the entire legal system respond to altered social and criminal behavior and provide assistance to enable these people to get medical care”, she concludes.Source: https://www.lunduniversity.lu.se/article/abnormal-proteins-correlate-with-aggressive-behaviour-in-dementialast_img read more

Karnataka crisis Dont want to be MLA rebel legislators tell SC

first_imgKarnataka crisis: Don’t want to be MLA, rebel legislators tell SCRohatgi, on behalf of the MLAs, told the court that they do not want to defect, rather just resign and go back to public.advertisement Next New DelhiJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 14:58 IST 10 rebel MLAs, who filed the first petition against the Speaker Ramesh Kumar for delaying the acceptance of their resignations, seen here outside Sofitel hotel in Mumbai (File | ANI)I don’t want to be an MLA, I don’t want to be part of the house. Nobody can force me,” senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi told Supreme Court on behalf of 15 rebel MLAs who have filed a plea against Karnataka Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar for keeping their resignation on hold.Rohatgi, on behalf of the MLAs, told the court that they do not want to defect, rather just resign and go back to public.”By keeping the disqualification in abeyance, the speaker is forcing me to continue being part of the house and coercing me to sit in the house and vote in a particular way,” the MLAs told the court.The MLAs said that they do not seek the court to quash disqualification proceedings. “Disqualification can go on. I am saying I don’t want to be an MLA. I don’t want to defect. I want to go back to public and do whatever I want to do,” the MLAs reiterated.”Holding resignations is pressure tactic”Mukul Rohatgi said that the government had no evidence against the MLAs to disqualify them, and thus, they were forcing MLAs to attend the assembly even after resignation.”The trust vote is day after tomorrow [July 18]. Today or tomorrow there will be a fresh whip to attend the house and vote in the trust vote. If the MLAs don’t appear, the government will fall. The idea is about keeping us hanging. I have a sword of disqualification on me,” Rohatgi said.Faulty grounds for disqualificationChief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who is heading the three-judge bench for the matter, inquired about the grounds for disqualification proceedings. To which, the senior advocate said that the disqualification laws apply when a whip is not followed.”The disqualification is only if you have not been acting according to whip. Now they say you have not attended a meeting held outside the house. How is that grounds for disqualification? They are trying to fish, they have no material to prove anything,” he said.Mukul Rohatgi argued that even if there were disqualification proceedings underway, that was not a reason to keep resignations on hold.Rohatgi also contended that the speaker accepted MLA Umesh Jadhav’s resignation even when disqualification proceedings were pending against him.Reason for resignation “The fallacy of their argument is that it is based on my motive to resign which is completely irrelevant,” Rohatgi said, to which the CJI said that court cannot tell the Speaker on how to decide on resignations.”We cannot say how the Speaker should decide resignation or disqualification of MLAs. We cannot fetter him. The question here is if there is any constitutional obligation for him to decide resignation before disqualification or to club his decision on both,” CJI Ranjajn Gogoi asked.Mukul Rohatgi contented that the reason of resignation was relevant.”There can be myriad reasons, several reasons why someone may decide to resign. They could be ill, sick of being part of politics. Reasons for resignation are irrelevant,” he said.Precedence: Rohtagi quotes past cases of resignation vs disqualification Quoting precedence, Mukul Rohatgi told the court, “There have been judgments from high courts allowing resignation to be decided first. Kerala, Goa and Tamil Nadu high court have granted same relief i the past.”In the Kerala case the HC said resignation should be accepted immediately, even though speaker was scheduled to give order on disqualification application within two days,” he said.Delay exhibits Speaker’ partiality The rebel MLAs’ advocate claimed that “if Speaker does not decide on the resignation for some or the other reason, it would mean he is not impartial”.”Speaker can’t say it’s “involuntary resignation” because I’ve initiated disqualification proceedings. Escaping disqualification is not involuntary resignation,” he said.MLAs are not bureaucrat or public servant that they have to give reasons for resignation, the advocate said.CJI Ranjan Gogoi asked what order the court can pass in such a situation.The lawyer advised that the court can order the speaker to decide in a particular time frame. “The order from court will be similar to the order passed last week- order speaker to decide within a time frame,” Rohtagi suggested.In May last year, the SC had directed the speaker to hold floor test within 24 hours just a few months ago, Rohtagi reminded the court, adding that similar orders were passed in Haryana case, where the speaker was told to conduct floor test within four months.Disqualification, resignation not a race: Speaker Appearing for Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh, senior SC advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi argued that arguments made by rebel MLAs were incorrect as there cannot be a “resignation application before the disqualification petition.”Singhvi, on behalf of the speaker, said that the MLAs cannot escape disqualification by resigning.Reading previous judgements by constitutional benches in 2004 and 2009, Abhishek Manu Singhvi argued that disqualification comes in affect from the date of the act, which led to disqualification and not from the day the speaker decides on it.Abhishek Manu Singhvi reminded the court that disqualification proceedings against the said MLAs have been pending since either February or July 10, which means that their resignation were either filed four months or a day after the defiance act.The advocate contended that 11 of the 15 MLAs filed their proper resignations on July 11.Resignations have to be given in person and in own handwriting. All cases of MLAs being physically present before Speaker on 11 July.”The first step to start inquiry under Article 190 is for concerned MLA to appear before Speaker in person. In this case, that has happened on July 11,” Singhvi said.”Eleven of the 15 MLAs handed over resignations personally to Speaker only on July 11. Four of the MLAs are yet to do so,” he said.SC questions Speaker’s inaction CJI Ranjan Gogoi questioned Speakr Ramesh Kumar’s inaction on resignation untill the court intervention. “The speaker didn’t do anything till the MLAs came to court? He was supposed to issue notice. What’s the reason for speaker not deciding?” CJI asked Abhishek Manu Singhvi.The senior advocate argued that the speaker had sent a letter to them saying the resignation is not in proper format.However, the CJI questioned the delay in decision after the resignations were handed over to him in the proper format.The CJI said, “Why didn’t the speaker take a decision after the MLAs handed over the resignation to him on July 11? Why say that I cannot take a decision immediately?”Singhavi replied that the speaker could not decide as there were severla violations.”The MLAs never sought any appointment with him. There are several violations. How can the speaker be directed on how to take decision. Who will decide the format? Speaker has to decide,” he argued.Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that if the MLA resigns a day befor ethe floor test, the act of resignation itself becomes grounds for disqualfication as it will be against the party’s interests.Follow | Live updates on Karnataka CrisisRead | Karnataka Congress MLA Roshan Baig detained at Bengaluru airport over ponzi scam caseWatch | So Shayari: Congress’s resignation spree has BJP in splitsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byArshi Aggarwallast_img read more

Why Havent All Primates Evolved into Humans

first_img Could Evolution Ever Bring Back the Dinosaurs? Why Humans Outlive Apes “The reason other primates aren’t evolving into humans is that they’re doing just fine,” Briana Pobiner, a paleoanthropologist at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., told Live Science. All primates alive today, including mountain gorillas in Uganda, howler monkeys in the Americas, and lemurs in Madagascar, have proven that they can thrive in their natural habitats. “Evolution isn’t a progression,” said Lynne Isbell, a professor of anthropology at the University of California, Davis. “It’s about how well organisms fit into their current environments.” In the eyes of scientists who study evolution, humans aren’t “more evolved” than other primates, and we certainly haven’t won the so-called evolutionary game. While extreme adaptability lets humans manipulate very different environments to meet our needs, that ability isn’t enough to put humans at the top of the evolutionary ladder. Take, for instance, ants. “Ants are as or more successful than we are,” Isbell told Live Science. “There are so many more ants in the world than humans, and they’re well-adapted to where they’re living.” While ants haven’t developed writing (though they did invent agriculture long before we existed), they’re enormously successful insects. They just aren’t obviously excellent at all of the things humans tend to care about, which happens to be the things humans excel at. “We have this idea of the fittest being the strongest or the fastest, but all you really have to do to win the evolutionary game is survive and reproduce,” Pobiner said. Our ancestors’ divergence from ancestral chimps is a good example. While we don’t have a complete fossil record for humans or chimps, scientists have combined fossil evidence with genetic and behavioral clues gleaned from living primates to learn about the now-extinct species whose descendants would become humans and chimps. “We don’t have its remains, and I’m not sure if we’d be able to place it with certainty in the human lineage it if we did,” Isbell said. Scientists think this creature looked more like a chimpanzee than a human, and it probably spent most of its time in the canopy of forests dense enough that it could travel from tree to tree without touching the ground, Isbell said. Scientists think ancestral humans began distinguishing themselves from ancestral chimps when they started spending more time on the ground. Perhaps our ancestors were looking for food as they explored new habitats, Isbell said. “Our earliest ancestors that diverged from our common ancestor with chimpanzees would have been adept at both climbing in trees and walking on the ground,” Isbell said. It was more recently — maybe 3 million years ago — that these ancestors’ legs began to grow longer and their big toes turned forward, allowing them to become mostly full-time walkers. Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoComparisons.orgCalifornia Drivers With No Tickets In 3 Years Must Read ThisComparisons.orghear.comThese German hearing aids are going viralhear.comUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo “Some difference in habitat selection probably would’ve been the the first notable behavioral change,” Isbell said. “To get bipedalism going, our ancestors would have gone into habitats that didn’t have closed canopies. They would have had to travel more on the ground in places where trees were more spread out.” The rest is human evolutionary history. As for the chimps, just because they stayed in the trees doesn’t mean they stopped evolving. A genetic analysis published in 2010 suggests that their ancestors split from ancestral bonobos 930,000 years ago, and that the ancestors of three living subspecies diverged 460,000 years ago. Central and eastern chimps became distinct only 93,000 years ago. “They’re clearly doing a good job at being chimps,” Pobiner said. “They’re still around, and as long as we don’t destroy their habitat, they probably will be” for many years to come.center_img Lucy belongs to one of the best known early human species, Australopithecus afarensis, which lived about 3.85 million to 2.95 million years ago. Credit: Copyright Field Museum; photographer John Weinstein While we were migrating around the globe, inventing agriculture and visiting the moon, chimpanzees — our closest living relatives — stayed in the trees, where they ate fruit and hunted monkeys. Modern chimps have been around for longer than modern humans have (less than 1 million years compared to 300,000 for Homo sapiens, according to the most recent estimates), but we’ve been on separate evolutionary paths for 6 million or 7 million years. If we think of chimps as our cousins, our last common ancestor is like a great, great grandmother with only two living descendants. But why did one of her evolutionary offspring go on to accomplish so much more than the other? [Chimps vs. Humans: How Are We Different?]  AdvertisementIs it Possible to Clone a Dinosaur?Apologies to people keen on reviving extinct dinosaurs, but researchers have never recovered dinosaur DNA, which is necessary for cloning. But, intriguingly, they have found fragments of mystery DNA in dinosaur bone.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Is It OK to Throw House Spiders Outside?01:27关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/32503-why-havent-all-primates-evolved-into-humans.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0002:1202:12  Why Do Some Animals Eat Their Own Poop?last_img read more

These Unsung Heroes of the Apollo 11 Mission Made the First Steps

first_img This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoNucificTop Dr. Reveals The 1 Nutrient Your Gut Must HaveNucificUndoFinance DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get Up To $250,000 If They Do This…Finance DailyUndoEditorChoice.comSee What The World’s Largest Dog Looks LikeEditorChoice.comUndo At an International Astronomical Union meeting in 1955, noted astronomer Gerard Kuiper asked for suggestions and collaborators on a project to make a map of the Moon. At the time, the best lunar atlases had hand-drawn images, and Kuiper wanted to use state-of-the-art telescopes to make a photographic atlas. Only one person responded. That was indicative of the astronomical community’s general attitude toward the Moon. After all, telescopes were designed to look at distant objects, and the Moon is rather close, and boring as well, since its appearance doesn’t change. Furthermore, Kuiper wanted to make a map, and that’s the sort of thing that geologists, not astronomers, do.Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65939-unsung-heroes-apollo-11-moon-landing.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  Kuiper proceeded, though, and by 1960, he had moved his small operation to the University of Arizona in Tucson. There he could take advantage of the region’s mountaintops and clear skies, and the university’s willingness to move into a field of study that defied traditional departmental boundaries. The next year, President John F. Kennedy announced that a national goal for the decade was to send a man to the Moon and back safely. Suddenly, the niche pursuit of making maps of the Moon had turned into a national priority. For the next several years, Kuiper’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory produced progressively better images of the Moon, using telescopes built for the purpose. Later they used images from robotic spacecraft to the Moon to produce a series of increasingly sophisticated atlases of the lunar surface. As a child, I was focused on the accomplishments of the astronauts, starting with the day in 1961 that the principal burst into my kindergarten classroom to tell us that Alan Shepard had been launched into space, and culminating in the Apollo 11 landing in 1969. Like most of us who watched all those missions, I didn’t really expect to go into space science or aerospace engineering. But when I got the chance to study Apollo samples in graduate school, it’s not surprising that I gravitated to them. I eventually spent my career studying rocks from space. Similarly, I didn’t think much about the groundwork that went into mapping the Moon until I ended up at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. Once I started learning the stories and talking to those involved, though, I came to appreciate the number of extraordinary things that were done in that era as a result of the political race to the Moon. Looking at the Moon from another direction The Lunar and Planetary Laboratory’s first lunar atlases simply consisted of the best images from a telescope. But the group realized they could do better than this. The Moon always keeps the same face toward the Earth. But even on the side facing the Earth, the areas away from the center always appear distorted. To correct for this, the group made a white globe three feet in diameter, then projected a high-quality telescopic image onto it from down the hallway. By moving around the globe, the surface features then appeared as they would from overhead. Near the edges of the visible portion of the Moon, the shapes of features shifted, with ovals becoming circles and squiggly lines becoming detailed structures. Although the idea had been suggested before, the “Rectified Lunar Atlas” was probably the best use ever made of the technique. Furthermore, the process yielded scientifically valuable insights. Graduate student William Hartmann, while moving around the globe to take the “rectified” images, noticed that on one edge of the Moon, there was a feature — now known as Mare Orientale — that looked a lot like many of the basins that were well known to telescopic observers. But it had some crucial differences. For one thing, it had fewer later impact craters within it, suggesting it was younger and better preserved. Furthermore, it had a distinct bull’s-eye appearance, with concentric mountain ranges forming the rings. Hartmann realized that this might have been what all those basins had once looked like, before later impact craters and lava flows smeared out detailed features. And the idea of huge impacts ultimately led Hartmann and others to suggest that the Moon formed as a result of a giant impact on Earth, an idea that is still the basis of the leading theories of the origin of the Moon. Pinpoint landing But one of the most impressive feats of converting those telescopic images into crucial information for Apollo came from Ewen Whitaker, an unassuming Englishman who had been the only one to respond to Kuiper’s solicitation in 1955. Whitaker moved to America to join Kuiper’s group and moved to Arizona with him. When the robotic Surveyor 1 spacecraft became the first American mission to make a soft landing on the Moon in 1966, the mission team analyzed the photographs returned and reported where they thought they had landed. But they were wrong. Whitaker used the best telescopic image and compared what hills should be visible in what direction, and suggested the correct location a few miles away. After Apollo 11 yielded the first successful human landing on the Moon, NASA wanted to use Apollo 12 to prove that it was possible to precisely target a specific location, based just on latitude and longitude. But you have to know the latitude and longitude of some location with precision. NASA tasked Whitaker with finding exactly where another unmanned Surveyor mission, Surveyor 3, had landed. Whitaker gave his best estimate, and Apollo 12 aimed for it. The astronauts could not see Surveyor 3 on the way in, because it was in shadow. When they looked around after they landed, they found that they were within walking distance, after a journey of 240,000 miles. The maps of the Moon that were created at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory have long since been surpassed, and those best-ever photographs of the lunar surface aren’t nearly as good as those of taken by more recent orbiters. But the organization that Kuiper started continues to explore. For more than a decade, spacecraft landing on Mars have utilized images taken from orbit by HiRISE (High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment), operated out of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, to select their landing sites. At the moment, the OSIRIS-REx robotic spacecraft, also directed out of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, is maneuvering close to the asteroid Bennu, sometimes within a few hundred meters of the surface, making maps in search of a place to grab a sample to bring back to Earth. After that sample is returned, no doubt scientists will analyze it for decades in the future, just as we are still analyzing the samples returned by the Apollo missions. It is the touchdowns and the samples that we remember, but it is the maps that come first. Timothy Swindle, Professor of Planetary Sciences and Geosciences, University of Arizonalast_img read more

Modi govt faces trust vote today

first_imgJuly 19, 2018 Published on national politics Will pin govt down on failures, says Congress COMMENT The debate on the no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government, scheduled on Friday, is likely to be a review of its performance rather than a test of its numbers in the Lok Sabha. The Opposition maintained that it does not worry about the “arithmetic” in the Lower House but worries about the “present state” of the country. The Congress and the other opposition parties said the trust vote would be an opportunity for them to expose the Centre’s failures. The party has been allotted 38 minutes to speak on the motion.Regional players undecidedAlthough regional parties like the BJD (Odisha), TRS (Telangana) and the AIADMK (Tamil Nadu) are yet undecided on their vote. However, their stand may not make much difference to the result.Leaders of the Congress held a meeting on Thursday to discuss the scenario. The party is likely to field its President Rahul Gandhi, its parliamentary party leader Mallikarjun Kharge, and chief whip Jyotiraditya Scindia to speak on behalf of the party. The party’s efforts will be to showcase Opposition unity and highlight maximum issues against the Centre during the debate.Senior leader Anand Sharma told reporters that the effort would be to to show a mirror to the government. “It is not only a question of numbers. We will use the occasion to expose the government and raise various issues concerning the people of the country and tell the truth to the people. This is the launch of a campaign which will send them packing in 2019 Lok Sabha elections,” he said.‘Modi, a demagogue’He alleged that the Prime Minister and members of his Cabinet have begun believing in their own propaganda. “The Prime Minister is at best a demagogue and believes in hypocrisy,” he said. “The larger issue is that the country is in agony and the people are suffering. The image of the country has been tarnished internationally.”The BJP said numbers are very clear. “The BJP by itself has a majority in the Lower House. We have nearly 314 members within the NDA and there are many other parties which are likely to oppose this no-confidence motion because this is completely pointless,” BJP national spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said. “We have the numbers and we have the moral fibre to fight this negative Opposition, which is only trying to put the country on the path of negativity,” he added.CPI(M) Politburo member Mohammed Salim said it was not about winning or losing. “The government is deliberately trying to divert people’s attention by saying the Opposition would lose the vote. They want to show that since the Opposition is losing, the issues they are discussing are of no use. That is certainly not the matter. The government is accountable to the people and must give answers to the questions raised by the Opposition,” he told reporters. SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS SHARElast_img read more